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    Early Work on Constructing Fortifications

    Buonaiuto Lorini. Le Fortificationi. Venice: Francesco Rampazetto, 1609. Second, enlarged edition (with additional sixth book and added illustrations). Folio. Two parts in one. a6, A4, B2, C8, D2, E6, F2, G-H2, I8, K6, L4, M-P8, Q6, R8, S6, T-Aa8, Bb4, (12), 303, (1) pages. Includes title page for book six (first added in this edition). Engraved portrait, numerous large and small woodcuts and diagrams in text, decorated initials. Contemporary vellum, minor stains, title to head of spine in old ink. Inner front hinge opened at top. Few pages with slight toning, some foxing, small tape repair to last leaf (register), otherwise a very nice copy. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    "Lorini's work is the first systematic course of instruction in all aspects of military architecture, and the first work to give measured plans it its illustrations" - Breman. "Buonaiuto Lorini (circa 1538- circa 1611), was born in Florence, won a great reputation in the sixteenth century for his intelligent fortifications and the way he fiercely defended cities. He was employed by the kings of France and Spain, and also by the Dodges of Venice. Lorini's treatise is divided in five books, written in the form of a dialogue with a count (identified as the military man Bestore Martinengo)... The present work contains a wealth of practical detail and a long and detailed section on the machine tools of construction... In 1609 Lorini added the sixth book to his work." -Breman.

    "Lorini published a treatise, Delle Fortificationi, which outlined the expectations of a good working design.... It centers around the problem of determining which plans succeed, and what qualifications of an engineer are requisite. Design, Lorini suggests, is necessary to all arts, but especially to command. Lorini conceives of design as a process, which allows one to represent both concepts and things as they really are. Design is especially valuable because of concepts and things, invention and nature, can interact together on the simple piece of paper. While this may be a specific interpretation of the role of the architect, Lorini highlights here the importance of clarifying one's invention through design." - Wolfgang Lefevre, Picturing Machines, 1400-1700.

    Book I: That fortification is a science and lays out basic principles and terminology. Book II: The practical construction of works, including bridges, gates, walls, and how to arm them. Book III: Overview of the most significant fortification methods in use to date. Book IIII: Explaining how to adapt planned fortifications according to their situation and renovate old defensive works. Book V: Dedicated to machines of construction, describing and illustrating hoists, and tackle, water-raising engine, dredger for draining swamps, ropes, diving bell for subterranean work, mills, folding ladders, and pontoon bridges. Book VI: Lorini's own experiences in the field, sieges, practical problems, portable fences, likely trajectory of cannon balls, making artillery mobile and protection.

    BL Italian (17th cent) I: 502. Bruni/Evans: 3070. Graesse 261. Cockle 791. CNCE Venezaine L786. Riccardi I:52-53. Gamba 1494. Breman 165.

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